In addition to predicting the weather, Phil also has a history of making political statements. During Prohibition, Phil threatened that, if he was not allowed to drink, there would be 60 weeks of winter. In 1942, near the beginning of World War II, he said that “War clouds have blacked out parts of the shadow.” In 1958, during the Space Race, he claimed that "The United States' Chucknik" was a man-made satellite that had been launched into space before the Russians' Sputnik. He wore a yellow ribbon during the Iran Hostage Crisis in 1981. He has also met with Pennsylvania governors and Ronald Reagan.
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